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The Day Called 'X' Scored

Published 2004

This was our final project at Western Oregon University's Film Scoring class. The movie is called "The Day Called 'X' A (Part I)" which was found at the Prelinger Archives. I edited the movie to shorten the time and to get rid of scenes with music so I could add my own. The second cue was recorded by Kevin Elmore and edited by me. The second music cue includes 3 live instruments (fellow classmates and composers) with a midi realization. Editing was done with IMovie, Pro Tools free, and Spark ME.

Original Clip -
"Day Called X, A (Part I)"

Sorry about the mess I uploaded. The 14.1 M mp4 file has audio issues (the 12.2 M mp4 or the 25.2 M quicktime are the better ones). I thought multiple formats would help but I had no idea this place was so automated . . .

Music found here:
Film Scoring Compositions

Run time 4:35
Audio/Visual music, black and white
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A. Scott Kingston - music & video/audio editor
Kevin Elmore - recording engineer
Ben Kennard - flute
Erin Kennard - alto saxophone
Jude King - clarinet


Reviewer: dahszil - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2015
Subject: If FDR's former vp Henry A Wallace was
not denied being nominated by the cold war machine headed by Truman, there probably would have been no cold war and nuclear buildup, which caused such mass anxiety and depression to americans and russians for 50 some years.

When I was in kindergarten in the late 60's we'd have these emergency drills. One was to get under your desk. I guess that it was too late to run into the hallway. that was the other drill. and one other drill was like prepare for nuclear attack. we'd all go into the basement of the public school packed in like tinned sardines. Then I went to catholic elementary school grades 1 thru 8 here in the USA. We never had any drills. If we were good and faithful we'd all go to heaven

But once I was really extremely anxious after a nun gave us a talk on the end of the world according to the bible or some catholic augmentation. I had this nightmare. It was night, everyone was outside looking at the sky. and then i looked at the night sky and it had "the end" in huge letters like at the end of a movie. i woke up in a dread. its in my head off and on till this day. My mom heard my crying, came in and held me in her arms and said it was all nonsense. Then my religious father comes in and says it isn't. they had an argument meaning everything was ok and normal again and i went happily back to sleep.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2009
Subject: this is cool
fun watch
Reviewer: uniQ - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2009
Subject: Not bad...
...while most of the time I was going "Hey! Something got cut out!", the biggest difference was NOT having the nearly-omnipresent narration. Most of the music I had to actively try to pay attention to, which may or may not have been the purpose of this.

Nonetheless, a very nice proof-of-concept.

Reviewer: phillipk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2008
Subject: I used the footage too
I used the same old footage for a twitter satire I did:

It's double cool because I live in Portland... it's neat seeing the old scenes.
Reviewer: FP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2004
Subject: Interesting exercise
Five stars because it's a great chance to hear the work of film composers-in-training. Normally this kind of developmental work is buried, never to be heard outside the academic setting in which it was created.

A few trivial technical issues:
The film's soundtrack is characteristic of old film prints - it has a rolled off, almost absent high end, and there's some garbling of the sort heard in films worn by repeated projection by abused equipment. The music is crystal clear with lots of high-end,so it doesn't sit in the mix very well.

The music itself punches up the sequence nicely and it makes the dry presentation much more compelling. It's too LOUD, but why not? This is a scoring exercise meant to show off the music.

The strings are pretty weak. I don't know if it's a lame keyboard preset or a bad sample set, but it sounds like a 1992 AEON FLUX soundtrack patch. The acoustic instruments used in the new score of DAY CALLLED X have much more presence.

It would be great to have more stuff like this in the archive.
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